Baseball America and MLB.com reported that the Royals signed shortstop Ricky Aracena out of the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
Aracena, 16, reportedly received $850,000. On MLB.com’s top 30 international prospects list Aracena was ranked No. 24. Aracena is 5 feet, 8 inches, and 155 pounds, but he received high marks for his hitting.
In its rankings, MLB.com wrote: “Scouts like Aracena’s switch-hitting abilities and that he has shown equal bat speed and homer power from both sides. He has impressed evaluators with his sound approach at the plate and his ability to drive the ball from gap to gap during Dominican Prospect League games.”
Baseball America had Aracena ranked No. 17 on its list of international prospects. He has drawn comparisons to Rafael Furcal and Jose Altueve.
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